Theme – Words borrowed from French
1. risque or risqué (ri-SKAY)
adjective: Bordering on indelicacy or impropriety, especially in a sexually suggestive manner.
“A woman who was fired from her job at a NY lingerie business says she was fired because her employer complained her work attire was too risque.”
“The normally pristine Senator Evan Bayh made a risqué joke about a fellow Indianan from a town called French Lick.”
2. billet-doux (bil-ay-DOO)
noun: A love letter.
“Pete Hamill, journalist and novelist, loves his city and this novel is his billet-doux.”
3. femme fatale (fem fuh-TAHL) [ plural femmes fatales (fem fuh-TAHLZ) ]
noun: An attractive and seductive woman, especially one who leads others into disaster.
“The film sees Depp’s math teacher character falling for Jolie’s femme fatale as she spins a web of mystery.”
4. pudeur (pyoo-DUHR, -DUH)
noun: A sense of shame, especially in sexual matters; modesty.
“Alexandra Styron first started reading her father’s novel Sophie’s Choice as soon as it came out, in 1979, when she was a preteenager. A few chapters in, encountering a steamy se x scene, she rushed from the room, overcome with adolescent pudeur.”
5. dishabille or deshabille (dis-uh-BEEL, -BEE)
1. The state of being partly dressed.
2. A deliberately careless or casual manner.
“Seconds after 7 am on Monday, trousers were dropping and skirts were lifting all along Wall Street. The mass dishabille was part of a site-specific work of performance art.”